Signs of Safety, known as S.O.S., is an innovative strengths-based, safety-organized approach in working with children, youth and families. The S.O.S. model was created by Andrew Turnell and Steve Edwards, of Western Australia and has attracted international attention. S.O.S. is utilized in North America, Europe and Australia. At the heart, the S.O.S. process is a risk assessment and case planning format that is meaningful to professionals as well as parents and children engaged in services.
At MCYP we integrate the S.O.S. approach to safety and wellbeing in our internal interactions, as well as with partners, and in services to children, youth and families. S.O.S. is utilized in all programs at MCYP, including Counseling Services, Levine House, and the Youth Action Program. Through our partnership
with HHSA Family and Children’s Services we also provide S.O.S. trainings throughout Mendocino County. With the Signs of Safety approach we continue to look to what we are doing well, and how success is defined by our clients, staff, partners, and community. Stay tuned to our S.O.S. page for updates and training opportunities!